Enoch did not die but was “translated”…that is, “transferred or transported”…to Heaven by God because God took him.
Enoch did not experience death and carries this testimony in the written Word for us today: that he pleased God (he did walk with God). We must also walk in the Spirit and put to death the deeds of the body so that we may please God.
Hebrews 11:5 KJV (5) By faith Enoch was translated that he should not
see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for
before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
The rest in the list of the heroes of faith did die in faith (they are the “dead in Christ”).
Hebrews 11:13 KJV (13) These all died in faith, not having received
the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of
them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and
pilgrims on the earth.
The rest who died in faith did not receive the “promises”…..the promise of eternal life in Jesus Christ and the promises made to Abraham. This is the “promise” that He has promise us: eternal life.
1 John 2:25-26 KJV (25) And this is the promise that he hath promised
us, even eternal life. (26) These things have I written unto you
concerning them that seduce you.
They did not receive the "promise"….the promise of eternal life… but saw it from afar as they expected (in faith) it in the coming of the Son to this earth… Jesus Christ. The Son came into this world so that this world might have life. Yet, they died and had not received the promise of eternal life in this earth.
Hebrews 11:39-40 KJV (39) And these all, having obtained a good
report through faith, received not the promise:
Their testimonies in the Scriptures are to be interpreted by Christ (as opposed to the private interpretation of men who wrest the Scriptures) so that they without us should not be made complete.
We hear their voices ( as a roar of many “waters”) in the voice of the Lord who speaks their testimonies in the heavenly (from Heaven) interpretation of the Scriptures.
We are made complete by hearing and believing in the voice of the Son of God who comes to give us an understanding. Those who believe in Him shall not perish from this earth (in mortal death) but have an everlasting life (the eternal life of Jesus that He is experiencing now). We must raise Him and His testimony above all that are of the earth. His heavenly testimony is above all of what men are preaching in the many churches.
(40) God having provided some better thing for us, that they without
us should not be made perfect.
Enoch was the exception in that list of those who died in faith and shows us today what “eternal life” is….a life that pleases God so that we are also to be “translated” to Heaven without seeing death…just like Enoch.
Jesus already physically died for our sins so that we may not die but have His eternal life now in this earth.
In Genesis 3:22, we are told that the Tree of Life (Jesus) is the source of eternal life.
To live “forever” (Hebrew : “olam”) is to live to the “ concealed…the vanishing point”…..just like Enoch who “vanished” from this earth for he was not. Enoch was “not found” as he was transferred to Heaven without seeing death.
Genesis 3:22 KJV (22) And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is
become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth
his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for
Enoch “was not” as he lived to the “vanishing point” (he was not found) as God took him….transferring him to Heaven without seeing death. This is the kind of way we want to go from this earth.
Genesis 5:23-24 KJV (23*) And all the days of Enoch were three hundred
sixty and five years: (24) And Enoch walked with God: and he was not;
for God took him.*
Jesus already died for us at the cross….and so we are to participate in His death by dying to sin so that we might have His life now in this earth.
We keep His “daily” sacrifice always in our mortal bodies so that His eternal life is made manifest (shines) outward in our mortal flesh. He gives His flesh for the life of the world….this world. We must also "walk with God"...through His Spirit that dwells in us.
Romans 8:11-14 KJV (11) But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus
from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead
shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in
The other way to Heaven is to physically die (to suffer loss) and it is never pleasant. Why wish for the Day of the Lord’s wrath in which we are destroyed from this earth as the heavens come to get each of us with a “whirring” sound (2 Peter 3:10) ….with the sound of a whirlwind?
The wages of sin is death….death to the mortal body and then the spirit goes back to God who gave it. We must put to death (through the Spirit of God) the deeds of the body so that we may receive the promise of eternal life....the life of Jesus.
(12) Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live
after the flesh. (13) For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:
but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye
We must walk with God…walking in His Spirit…being led by His Spirit...so that we may please Him thoroughly and some day be translated ("death" is ours) just as Enoch was.
(14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons
But some may scoff and say where is the "promise" of His coming.....where is His promised eternal life in this earth?